January 2018


HAPPY NEW YEAR, MEMBERS!

We are so excited to have you on board with us this year - welcome to the first issue of our 2018 Monthly Member News series.

Below, you'll find exciting updates from December 2017, and a look ahead at what's to come for members in 2018.

As always, feel free to give us a call at 515-985-1160 or send us an email with any questions.



CRAFT CHAMPIONSHIPS, HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGES & CAREER DAY 2017
On December 8th, ABC of Iowa celebrated our largest-ever Craft Championships Event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds 4H Building.

We're proud to be sending our 5 First Place winners to the ABC National Craft Championships event, held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Wednesday, March 21 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please join us in celebrating these excellent competitors!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS (From L to R)



Electrical: Residential/Commercial
Nicholas Jones, Action Electrical Contracting, Inc.

Electrical: Commercial/Industrial
Miguel Rios, Kline Electric

HVAC
Michael Jensen, Camblin Mechanical, Inc.

Plumbing
Eli Hoyt, ACI Mechanical, Inc.

Sheet Metal
John Primakov, Primo Heating & Cooling

SECOND PLACE WINNERS (From L to R)



Electrical: Residential/Commercial
Shane Larkin, Keithline Electric, LLC

Electrical: Commercial/Industrial
Waylon Mesplay, Shaw Electric, Inc.

HVAC
Josh Pociask, All Seasons Heating & Cooling

Plumbing
Quincy Boas, Proctor Mechanical Corp

Sheet Metal
Ben Kyle, ACI Mechanical, Inc.

View the High School Challenge winners here.

First and second place finishers earned prizes such as tools, clothing, backpacks and cash prizes donated by ABC of Iowa supplier members and the ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust.

High school students enjoyed the opportunity to learn about valuable careers at the Career Day booths during the event. An invitation for our members to feature an interactive booth will be sent out in November 2018.



TRADES EXPLORATION TRAILER
This is the first year we featured our Trades Exploration Trailer at the event. Students and faculty were able to tour the trailer and catch a virtual reality job-site experience.



If you are interested in having the Trades Exploration Trailer at your local High School or event, please reach out to Ginny Shindelar at 515-985-1175.

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THE STATUS OF APPRENTICESHIP IN 2018
There are 833 registered apprenticeship programs in the state of Iowa, and ABC of Iowa has the largest construction apprenticeship-training program in the state! And... we're growing!

With a record year for Apprenticeship Training & Trust, in order to accommodate the increasing trend of apprentices, ABC of Iowa has broken ground on an expansion of our Grimes Training Center. This is scheduled to open Fall 2018.



We have also leased a new facility in Davenport, IA that will have two classrooms and a hands-on training lab. This is scheduled to open Winter 2018.






Our Legislative Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 6th this year. This annual event gives our members an opportunity to network with each other and state legislators in a fun, relaxed environment. Join us for free drinks and food, and casual conversations with legislators about your companies.

Click here for more information about the event and to RSVP.




HOLIDAY PARTY / ANNUAL MEETING 2017
Thank you to all who joined us at this year's Holiday Party at Hotel Renovo - it was our biggest membership holiday celebration to date!



We wish you all a successful and prosperous New Year!

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MEMBER DISCOUNTS
Are you taking advantage of the Member Discounts available to you and your employees?


Check out the Savings Calculator to see how much your company can save, in addition to your other membership benefits!

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MEMBER UPDATES
Four members celebrated over 15 years with ABC of Iowa this past month: Johnson Controls (23), Frye Builders & Associates, Inc. (22), Kruck Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. (19) and Linahon Electric, Inc. (19).

Those celebrating over 5 years with ABC of Iowa this past month include: A-One Geothermal (9), Des Moines Comfort, Inc. (9), Hawkeye Ready Mix, Inc. (9), RIVO, Inc. (9), Tim Hildreth Company, Inc. (9), Van Maanen Electric, Inc. (9), Roth Electric (6) and Weisbrod, Inc. (6).

We welcomed 3 new members in December, including: Johnson's Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc., S and N Plumbing Company, and Combustion Control Company.

For a full membership directory,
click here.

We are truly grateful for our members, both new and long-time - we value your membership!



OSHA ACCEPTING ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED INJURY, ILLNESS REPORTS THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

For companies who had over 20 employees in 2016, OSHA will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date.

Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.


For more information or for Q&A's, contact Dale Erickson, our Safety Director at 515-681-1542.

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CLICK THE DATES BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THAT EVENT


Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 / Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 / Mar 6 (5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
Plumbing Exam Prep - Ankeny
Nine nights of intense preparation for individuals planning to take the journeyman or Master Plumbing Exam through the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board.




This month, ABC National is not offering a webinar.
However, ABC of Iowa will be sponsoring a free webinar.
See below to sign up today.
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January 31, 2018
Into the Abyss - Iowa Sales & Use Tax for Contractors

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CT)
Speaker: Cody Edwards, Attorney with Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
Cody Edwards, an attorney at Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C., has significant experience providing tax guidance to, and defending tax audits by the Iowa Department of Revenue of, Iowa's largest construction contractors. As a former attorney with the Iowa Department of Revenue, Cody has valuable insight into Iowa's labyrinth of sales and use tax laws affecting Iowa contractors.

Cody will discuss sales and use tax laws applicable to Iowa contractors, covering the following topics (among others):

- Sales and use tax basics
- Distinction between repair and new construction and the tax implication of both
- When is equipment rental subject to sales tax
- Taxation of contracts with exempt entities
- Common sales/use tax audit issues
- Mitigating future tax risk and limiting liability for past tax "mistakes"

You're invited to join this Webinar, provided at no charge as part of your membership with ABC of Iowa. Click Here to Register Today!